Does this mean God hates us? No, although I doubt that God is happy with what we've done to the planet. In Genesis God tells Adam and Eve, and Noah and his family to care for the earth. We are inheritors of that command, and yet there are islands of trash and plastic floating in our oceans, glaciers melting north and south, and water consuming islands and communities worldwide. And yet so many just sit back and do nothing, as though the problem were going to fix itself. The Earth is crying out. Will we respond, or sit in silence until there's nothing left?
Creator God, we confess that we have been more of the problem than the solution when it comes to caring for the earth. We enjoy our relatively cushy lives. We enjoy the lifestyle gas and plastics can give us. We enjoy our nice, long showers. But we are finding that the earth cannot sustain our lifestyle. The earth cannot continually renew itself, and if it loses the ice caps we will be in all kinds of trouble. Help us to find ways to make changes not only in our lives, but also in the politics of our nation that we as a people may take better care of the earth you have given us. Amen